Waymo, a subsidiary of Google’s parent company Alphabet, has taken self-driving cars from the streets of San Francisco and moved them to a safe location because of the increased possibility of civil unrest after the US election on Wednesday.
“Out of an abundance of caution and with the safety of our team in mind, we are temporarily suspending driving operations in San Francisco on 11/3 and 11/4,” a spokeswoman for Waymo, a unit of Alphabet Inc’s, said in an emailed statement on Tuesday.
The Verge news website reported earlier today that Waymo was moving its fleet to Mountain View, where it will be parked in a “secured location.” It cited an email from Transdev, Waymo’s fleet operations vendor.
Chris Cheung, general manager of Transdev North America, wrote in an email: “This decision was made out of “precaution before some protests planned before and after the election.”
Business owners in some cities worry that civil unrest may break out, especially if the election results are delayed. Before election day approaches, tensions have erupted across the country.
In addition, Cruise said that everyone in the company, including the driver, was voted on on election day.